Akhilesh Yadav Summoned by CBI in Connection with Uttar Pradesh Illegal Mining Case

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a summons to Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav in relation to a five-year-old illegal mining case in Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh Yadav is called to join the investigation as a witness before the probe agency on February 29, under section 160 of CrPC.

What is the illegal mining case? The case involves the alleged issuance of mining leases in violation of the e-tendering process in Uttar Pradesh. It is claimed that between 2012 and 2016, public servants, in collaboration with other accused, permitted illegal mining of Minor Minerals in Hamirpur district despite a National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban. The officers allegedly allowed mineral theft and extorted money from lease-holders and drivers.

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In 2016, the CBI initiated seven preliminary inquiries following directions from the Allahabad High Court to investigate the illegal mining case. The agency conducted searches in 2019 in various areas of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the CBI, Akhilesh Yadav, then the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, approved 13 mining projects in a single day on February 17, 2013, in violation of the e-tendering process. The clearance, granted by the district magistrate of Hamirpur, B Chandrakala, after approval from the chief minister’s office, has brought Akhilesh Yadav’s role under scrutiny. Akhilesh Yadav also held the mining portfolio during 2012-13 before being succeeded by Gayatri Prajapati in 2013. Prajapati was arrested in 2017 on charges of rape.

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